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How an Advisory Board can help convince your governing body that you really need that piece of equipment

Posted by Robert Avsec on February 13, 2017

For Fire & EMS departments the “conventional wisdom” regarding marketing has been primarily, “We don’t need to market our services. When people have a fire, they call 911 and we respond.  They don’t have a choice.  It’s not like deciding what store to shop at.”

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Topics: funding, Fire apparatus committee

12 Steps to Better Plan your Department's next Fire Apparatus

Posted by Robert Avsec on January 20, 2017

The purchase of a new piece of fire apparatus represents a significant capital purchase for any fire department. Baseline pumpers start in the neighborhood of $350K to $450K; it doesn’t take long for the price tag on a new piece of aerial apparatus to exceed $800K.

The planning process should start immediately upon a department determining the need to purchase a new piece of fire apparatus. Selecting the right fire apparatus for a department’s needs is a detailed job requiring hours of research.

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Topics: Pumper, Fire apparatus committee

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